BBC One is to air a new adaption of Lady Chatterley’s Lover as part of a special season based around twentieth century literature.

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Jed Mercurio will adapt the D.H Lawrence classic for the beeb and says: “Lady Chatterley’s Lover is a novel that constitutes a milestone of English literature. I’m immensely excited by this opportunity to dramatise its iconic themes in a fresh and original way.”

An early-20th-century tale of love across class boundaries, the legendary romance tells the story of Lady Chatterley’s affair with her gamekeeper.

Meanwhile, Ben Vanstone will adapt Laurie Lee’s vivid memoir Cider With Rosie. Cider With Rosie is set in an idyllic Cotswold village, during and immediately after the Great War.

It is an evocative coming-of-age story that also chronicles life in a rural world as yet untouched by electricity and cars, depicting a place that sits firmly on the brink between the past and future.

Completing the season are adaptions of The Go-Between by LP Hartley and JB Priestley’s An Inspector Calls.

Adrian Hodges will adapt The Go-Between which follows Leo Colston, an elderly man who pieces together his childhood memories after finding his diary from 1900, which he wrote when he was 13 years old.

Award-winning director Aisling Walsh has teamed up with Drama Republic for a new adaption of An Inspector Calls.

Set in 1912, An Inspector Calls charts a time when society was transforming, and women’s lives were changing forever. A detective thriller, but also a story of social conscience and the crumbling of rigid Victorian values, the play is considered to be one of the classics of mid-20th century theatre.

The season was commissioned by Charlotte Moore, Controller of BBC One and Ben Stephenson, Controller of BBC Drama.

“These four classic works each represent a real moment in our recent history when Britain was on the cusp of great social and cultural change.


“This season of films aims to explore and contextualise the enormous changes in the way men and women lived and behaved in the 20th century. They all tell uniquely intense and personal stories about people living in Britain 100 years ago.”


Charlotte Moore

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